Israel arrests head of Fatah armed wing

The IDF arrested the head of the Tanzim terrorist organization, a faction of Fatah, overnight Sunday, the Shin Bet security services announces.

Jamal Abu Lel, 48, ran Tanzim out of the Qalandiya refugee camp outside of Ramallah, the Shin Bet says.

Through the organization, Abu Lel worked to funnel money and direct shooting attacks against Israelis, the security services says in a statement.

The Shin Bet does not detail who the money is funneled to, but says “money was transferred in order to finance militant activities.”

Abu Lel is a resident of Kfar Aqab, an East Jerusalem neighborhood, and possesses an Israeli ID card.

Fatah, headed by Abbas, currently controls the Palestinian Authority and is considered more moderate than their Hamas rivals.

— Judah Ari Gross

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